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Created 6/13/2008
Last Visit 6/28/2011

I've been a musician since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. It's all the fault of my Grannie (Finch) McGill who was my first piano and singing teacher, and patron of the arts. I inherited her Daddy's fiddle recently from my Daddy. It must have some good tunes in it as Great-Grandfather Finch played it at all the local barn dances in the early 1900's. I hope before I'm 80 to be able to do that fiddle justice. I started out on clarinet <YUCK> and when Daddy asked us all what lessons we wanted to take, I said "flute". I've been working on that since 1968, and I guess I'm pretty good on it now. I got my first guitar around the same time, and though we saw a beautiful old Gibson arch-top in the store, I only had $20. Needless to say, after a year the ugly little shoebox we bought instead was sacrificed by fire one camping night. The next guitar was good and serviceable and only cost me $125. I sold it to an Arab when I was coming home from an exchange trip in Tunisia, North Africa. I bought "Normie" in 1976 when I saved up from working a tobacco harvest job, and we've been together ever since. I've played pretty much every kind of music there is from Celtic to Classical to Jazz to Rock to Appalachian Old Timey. I'm currently studying Bel Canto singing style, but for fun I can be found playing with my eclectiCeltic trio members, or at some folk club open mic. I love harmonizing, and hope to get my clawhammer style up and running soon.

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